Zimbabwe joined the rest of the world in commemorating the World Intellectual Property Day in a bid to raise awareness on the importance of intellectual property.

Stakeholders in the arts industry have called for awareness campaigns to educate people including artists on the importance of intellectual property rights.

Speaking at the celebrations that were held at the Zimbabwe College of Music, intellectual property expert Rudo Chasi said there is need for government to put in place regulations that reduce cases of piracy.

Zimbabwe Music Rights Association executive director, Polisile Ncube and National Arts Council programmes officer Cathrine Mtombeni noted the World Intellectual Property Day celebrations are vital in raising awareness on issues of intellectual property rights and piracy an issue affecting the arts industry.

Intellectual property includes intangible property like music, film, dance, design and literature among others.

Running under the theme, “Powering Change: Women in Innovation and Creativity”, this year’s celebration saw a number of musicians performing and the celebrations were preceded by an exhibition held at the National Gallery of Zimbabwe where children from the age of four to 16 participated.